Primerica gets Metropolitan Partnership in Aging Award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Primerica recently received the Metropolitan Partnership in Aging 2008 Business and Aging Award in the large business category.

The Metropolitan Partnership in Aging is a consortium of 10 county-based aging programs and the Atlanta Regional Commission, Atlanta's area agency on aging.

Maureen Kelly, business liaison of the Aging Services Division of the ARC, said Primerica has been a leading corporate partner of Gwinnett County Senior Services. Employees have delivered more than 1,100 meals to homebound seniors four days a week for 28 years. The staff has also volunteered to spend quality time with the seniors and entertain them at the Norcross Senior Center. The value of the company's volunteer service has exceeded $250,000.

Company grants have led to the purchase of furniture, exercise equipment and electronics to benefit seniors attending one of the three Gwinnett Senior centers, located in Lawrenceville, Buford and Norcross. Primerica also printed 16,000 needed copies of the 2008 Gwinnett County Senior Resource Directory.

Gwinnett County has the second largest population of seniors in the state. Gwinnett Senior Services offers daily activities at their three centers and provides in-home respite care, home-delivered meals, homemaking services and limited transportation.

Bill Hoag named Volunteer of Year by association

LAWRENCEVILLE - Bill Hoag, a volunteer with Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, was honored by Georgia Recreation and Park Association as the Volunteer of the Year at the GRPA's District 7 annual banquet.

With a dedication to the betterment of the George Pierce Park soccer facilities and the growth of the soccer association, Hoag has seen a dream of a few parents in 1980 become a reality to thousands of kids in 2008.

West Gwinnett Soccer Club was founded by parents in 1980 to create a family-friendly atmosphere to encourage local youth to learn the sport of soccer. West Gwinnett Soccer Association partnered with the city of Duluth in the mid-1980s and helped fund Scott Hudgens Park, located on River Green Parkway along the Chattahoochee River. In 2000, the association changed its name to Atlanta United Soccer Association, and in 2004, the group became known as the Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association.

Through changes in names and leadership, one face has remained the same since the inception of Gwinnett's largest soccer association. Hoag has seen the club grow from 1,000 children in the 1990s to more than 5,000 children and more than 300 adults in 2008.

Hoag has been a dedicated volunteer and constant liaison between AFUSA and Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, advocating for open lines of communication between the two groups.

Hooters to commemorate American Diabetes Month

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Hooters restaurant in Lawrenceville recently announced plans to commemorate American Diabetes Month by donating a portion of sales Nov. 25 to the American Diabetes Association.

That day also marks Hooters' 25th anniversary, and patrons will be treated to special deals, a chance to be one of 25 $1,000 winners from throughout the country and a calendar signing by the 2009 Hooters Calendar Girls. The ADA will be present to provide information on diabetes and healthy living.

Hooters has been a long-time sponsor of the ADA and is also involved with the ADA's annual motorcycle ride, Ride to Live, which raised more than $257,000 this year for diabetes research, education and advocacy. The next ride is scheduled for May 9.

"Diabetes is a particular concern for Hooters since my father and former owner of Hooters of America Inc., Bob Brooks, suffered from diabetes and eventually passed away as a result," said Coby Brooks, CEO and president of Hooters of America. "As we celebrate 25 years of success, we are happy to be able to give back to causes that are important to our organization."

UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc. raise money for literacy program

LAWRENCEVILLE - While known for giving toys to underpriviledged children during the holidays, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is teaming up with The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations nationwide to provide books to needy children through the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.

Launched in March, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program is a year-round initiative offering the nation's most economically disadvantaged children the ability to compete academically and to succeed in life by providing them direct access to books and educational resources that will enhance their ability to read and to communicate effectively.

Through Dec. 31, participating The UPS Store and Mail Boxes Etc. locations are selling $1 donation cards to benefit the literacy program. Every dollar donation will help the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation buy a book for a child.

For more information about the program, visit www.toysfortotsliteracy.org.

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